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The days are getting longer, which means you might spend more time on the road than you have in the last few months. You might be driving later than you have recently.

But, we aren’t quite to spring yet. Temperatures can fluctuate quickly, and road conditions can deteriorate fast.

As you venture out more and more at night, you are assuming risks for both yourself and your vehicle. Your car insurance can help protect you in case you have an accident. But, you should do everything you can to not have an accident in the first place.

When you head out driving in late winter, keep some of these safety tips in mind:

Before you leave home:

·         Check your car’s headlights and windshield wipers. Weather can darken and become inclement quickly at this time of year. These two vital systems are crucial to maintaining visibility on the roads.

·         Make sure that your engine and battery are still protected from cold weather. Check anti-freeze levels and make sure that batteries aren’t worn or sparking.

·         Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle. Include things like water, food, a warm blanket and medical supplies. Also keep a method in your car to attract help, like emergency flares or whistles.

·         Check your tires. Rapid fluctuations in temperature can impact your tire pressure and make tires unstable. Steep drops in temperature can also cause road surfaces to freeze quickly. If your tires have deteriorated or worn out, your vehicle could skid on the road.

On the road after dark:

·         Slow down and watch for patches of icing in shaded areas or on bridges. Even if long stretches of road thaws during the daylight, they could refreeze at night.

·         Use your lights and wipers when any precipitation occurs. Be vigilant in case fog rolls in, as the use of lights can impact fog visibility.

·         Drive responsibly. If you are out to dinner and have consumed alcohol, do not drive. Call a cab or allow a friend to drive. No amount of alcohol is worth the risk of a DUI or DWI conviction.

·         Look out for pedestrians and other obstacles. Some common sights may not be visible after dark.

When driving after dark in the winter, you assume a lot of risks. As a driver, you should take proper steps to keep both you and others safe.

ACF Insurance Services Inc can help you get Garner auto insurance that will protect you both day and night. Call us today at (919) 661-1100 for more information.

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